|Rushden Echo, 16th September, 1932, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Erection of Further Houses Considered
Still Cheaper Type At Lower Rentals?
Housing matters again occupied the attention of members at the monthly meeting of the Rushden Urban Council on Wednesday evening, and after discussion the Housing Committee were requested to proceed with plans for the erection of a further fifty or sixty houses on the road now being constructed in the Irchester-road Estate.
The opinion was expressed that there was a demand for a still cheaper type of non-parlour house to be let at a lower rent, and it was suggested that the Committee might make investigation in this direction.
The report of the Hall Committee showed that a start is being made with the museum at the Hall and a useful nucleus of gifts has been promised.
Mr. L. Tysoe criticised the thoughtlessness of visitors to the cemetery who neglect to return watering cans to the rack provided near the tank.
The Commencement of A Hall Museum
The members present were Messrs. J. Roe, J.P. (in the chair), J. Spencer, J.P. (vice-chairman), W. C. Tarry, T. F. B. Newberry, C. Claridge, F. Green, L. Tysoe, C. W. Horrell, C.A., T. Swindall, A. Wilmott, L. Perkins, M.B.E., B.Sc., G. W. Coles, J.P., J. Hornsby, J. T. Richardson, J. Allen, W. E. Capon, with the Clerk, Mr. G. Mason, the Acting Surveyor, Mr. Gould, and the Sanitary Inspector, Mr. F. S. F. Piper.
New Road and Houses
Mr. Allen (chairman of the Housing Committee), said: “As there is no report of the Housing Committee I should like to mention that the new length of road is now under construction at Tennyson Place and we propose to erect between 50 and 60 houses there. I wondered whether we could expedite the matter if the whole Council could give us authority to ask for tenders for these so that the Surveyor can prepare plans and we can get on with the work. There is a lot of unemployment about and certainly it would be a good thing to get on almost immediately. We have hundreds of applications for houses and they are wanted badly. The Ministry has held us up for close upon two years and now I think it is time we got along quickly.”
Mr. Wilmott: Is it suggested that the houses be parlour or non-parlour type?
Mr. Allen: Non-parlour type.
Mr. Claridge: Has it been decided to build the houses?
Mr. Perkins: It has been the policy in the past for the whole of the Council to decide whether houses should be built or not. I should like to propose that the whole Council do agree to the extension of building in that direction so that as soon as the road is ready the work can be begun. I should like to suggest that the new houses be non-parlour type because we have a fair number of the other type on frontages to main roads, but Tennyson-road is not so important and the non-parlour type would probably be in much greater demand. I move the Housing Committee be requested to go forward in that work.
Mr. Horrell: I should like to second that, and would also like the Committee to consider the possibility of the erection of a still cheaper type of house let at a lower rent. I think there is a tendency on the part of local authorities in that direction, and I think we could get down below our present lowest price.
Mr. Claridge: In other districts the demand is for cheaper houses and they are being let at rents lower than any of ours.
Mr. Spencer: I would like the Housing Committee to have gone into the matter before and given it full consideration so as to have specific plans tonight. I do support the proposal, but I do not think the Ministry will allow the erection of any parlour type houses. The ruling has gone forth from the Ministry that only the small type will be sanctioned.
Mr. Spencer expressed the opinion that the present small type non-parlour house was the smallest they should erect in this district.
Mr. Claridge: That was not my point. I think we want something still cheaper.
Mr. Horrell: I still think there is a possibility of getting something still cheaper; I do not say smaller. I do think the Committee should look round the district and see the houses that are being put up.
Mr. Richardson: I am glad the question has been raised because the housing problem now seems as serious as it has been for years. There is a multitude of people clamouring for houses and some of them have felt that we have been doing nothing to solve this problem.
Mr. Allen: I would like to point out that sanction from the Ministry was only received last Thursday so I fail to see where the Housing Committee have been remiss in their duties.
Mr. Perkins’s proposition was then put up to the Council and carried unanimously.
The report of the Parks, Baths and Hall Committee stated that the Hall sub-Committee reported that in response to the Committee’s invitation the following articles had been offered for exhibition in the proposed museum at the Hall:-
A geological collection by Mr. W. W. Rial; a collection of old Indian armaments by Mr. Arthur H. Smith, of No. 25, Dryden-road, Wellingborough; two cases of birds and a squirrel in case by Mr. Tom Swindall; and three cases of birds by Mr. James Roe.
The Committee recommended the Council to accept these articles, the first two items being on loan, and that a letter of thanks be sent to the lenders and donors, and this was agreed.
The question of the room to be utilised was considered and it was agreed that in the first instance the drawing room be so used. The Surveyor was instructed to have this room renovated for the purpose at an estimated cost of £12.
Mr. G. W. Coles, chairman of the Hall Committee, said that since the report had been printed several other offers to loan articles had been received.
It was resolved that the Hall be opened to the public during Rushden Feast Weekend on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday during the hours 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Rushden Hall Grounds
The Hall Committee reported that they had inspected the pond which was found to be in a rather choked condition and the Surveyor was instructed to have it cleaned out during the coming winter.
The Committee also recommended to the Council that a sum not exceeding £5 be spent on new bulbs, etc., for planting in the grounds, and this was approved.
Evening Band Concerts
Permission was given for the bands of the town to give Saturday evening concerts in the Hall grounds subject to satisfactory arrangements being made among themselves.
An application was received from the Rushden Adult School F.C. for the use of a pitch in Spencer Park during the ensuing season on each Saturday, and was granted upon the same terms as last season, viz., £2.
In connection with the recent gala of the Rushden Swimming Club it was stated that permission to use the bath had been given upon the same terms as previously, namely the Council taking 25 per cent of the gross takings.
In the absence of Mr. A. Allebone, C.C., Ald. Horrell moved the adoption of the report of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee.
On the recommendation of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee plans were approved as follows:-
Two houses in Park-avenue for Messrs. A. Sanders, Ltd.; two houses in Lawton-road for Messrs. T. Swindall and Sons; bungalow in Court-avenue for Mr. T. Furniss; bungalow in Court-avenue for Mrs. M. M. Drabble; two lock-up shops in High-street for Mr. A. Cleaver subject to the drains being constructed to the satisfaction of the Surveyor; lock-up shop in Birchall-road (wooden building) for the Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd.; wooden garage in Irchester-road for Messrs. Strong and Fisher; wooden garage at No. 26, Brookfield-road for Mr. F. Humphrey.
The Highways Committee reported that as requested at the last meeting of the Council they had had under consideration the question of the stopping places of the ‘buses particularly that near the Station Approach. The chairman reported that he had been in communication with the Police who, however, having regard to all the circumstances, could not suggest any alternative.
The Committee agreed to make no recommendation.
Consideration was also given to the position of the postal pillar box at the corner of High-street and Newton-road but the Committee stated that they had come to the conclusion that no alteration in the position of the box would lessen the danger at that corner.
The Surveyor reported that a lamp column near the Cemetery gates had been broken by a motorist backing his car into it. He was instructed to have the column repaired and to forward the account to the party concerned.
The Lighting sub-Committee were requested to visit and inspect various parts of the town and to give instructions for any additional lamps they considered necessary.
The report of the Health and Sanitary Committee stated that the report of the Medical Officer for the monthly of August was received and that the Sanitary Inspector gave his monthly report of the work and inspections of his department.
Rats and Mice Destruction Act
A communication was received from the Ministry of Agriculture stating that it was proposed to hold a National “Rat Week” as usual this year from the 7th to the 11th November, inclusive, and the Health and Sanitary Committee recommended the Council that a “Rat Week” should be held in this district on the dates named and that the sum of twopence be paid for each tail brought to the Depot during that period. This was agreed.
The Surveyor was instructed to prepare a report with regard to the Sewers in Station-road, Wymington-road and High-street South, and submit to the next meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee.
In connection with the Health and Sanitary Committee’s report, Mr. Tysoe said: “I would like to thrash the old horse that I have thrashed before, on behalf of the Health and Sanitary Committee. I want to say a word about the cans in the cemetery, and I hope the Press will give it due publicity. We have plenty of cans and two good supplies of water, one at each end of the cemetery. At a cemetery where everybody is on equal terms one would think you would get unselfishness, but, unfortunately, I have not seen it displayed from a worse standpoint, and I want to speak very strongly about it. Perhaps it is ‘infra dig.’ For me to speak personally, but I go to the cemetery as often as most people, and I find I always have to go and fetch a can when I want to fill one at the tank.
“On Saturday I went there and there was no can near the tank, and I had to go a long way to get one and then walk back to get the water. Then I took the liberty of walking round the bottom side of the cemetery, and there were 13 cans an unlucky number standing in a heap. It seems as if people are determined not to take them back. We have gone to the expense of putting racks up by the tanks to keep the cans on, and I cannot find the language to express how silly and selfish it is for people to go on like this year after year.
“I presume they say ‘I had to fetch mine and other people can fetch their’s.’ I wish we could drive into these people what a benefit it would be if they put the cans back. I have spoken to a lot of people about it, and, if anything, it gets worse. I do wish the Press would call people’s attention to the fact that we do notice these things. I have got plenty of time to walk round and get a can, but it is a general complaint and I do wish we could inculcate in people’s brains the idea of doing something for others and not always for oneself.”
The chairman: I quite agree; the cans are put anywhere but in the proper place.
Mr. Hornsby: It would greatly facilitate matters if a tank were put in the centre of the cemetery. I raised the matter in Committee, but I do not think the Cemetery sub-Committee have met.
Mr. Tysoe: If you will allow me to reply I would like to say that God does not help those who do not help themselves. A tap in the centre of the cemetery would be costly I have gone into the matter with one or two, but if people would endeavour to try to help us run the cemetery efficiently, and even take the sentimental point of view, then I am not going to raise any objection to a tap in the centre. It is only the carelessness and selfishness of people who go there, who are determined not to take the cans to the racks, that makes us feel uninclined to help them.
Mr. Wilmott: The only thing if they will not take them back is to make them find their own cans.
The chairman said he was sure the point raised by Mr. Hornsby would be considered by the Committee.
The Clerk reported to the Finance Committee the receipt from the Ministry of Health of their two sanctions to the raising of a Housing Loan of £2,800 as follows:- £900 to be repaid within a period of 30 years, and £1,900 to be repaid within a period of 20 years.
The Committee recommended the Council that tenders should be invited and this was agreed.
Mr. Perkins asked if the Finance Committee were considering the whole question of borrowing and interest paid. Some of the money was borrowed for a definite period, but some was subject to six months’ notice of withdrawal.
The chairman replied that the Committee were watching the whole position very carefully. The rate of interest charged by the Ministry was now 4¾ per cent., but they felt they could probably get the money at a lower rate if they advertised. The rate of 4¾ per cent might come down very shortly and then the question could be raised again.
The report of the Rating Committee was adopted on the motion of Mr. Claridge.
The question of the various insurances effected by the Council was again considered by the Finance Committee and on their recommendation the Clerk was instructed to obtain particulars and quotations from the Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd., and submit to the next meeting.
The Council instructed the Rates Clerk to prepare a rate at 5s. 6d. in the £ for the half year ending 31st March, 1932, and to submit the same to the October meeting of the Council for sealing.
The Collector reported that he had been unable to collect two small accounts and he was instructed to take the necessary steps for the enforcement of the amounts.
New Motor Lorry
The Council were informed that the new motor lorry, which had been purchased at a cost of £213/10, had now been delivered, and in the cheques signed for amounts to be paid one was included for the above sum.
Two licences for game dealers were renewed by the Council.
On the proposition of Mr. Horrell, Mr. Allebone was again nominated as the Council’s representative on the Traffic Commissioners for the area.
The Seal of the Council was affixed to a contract with Mr. H. Wilmott for the construction of a length of road.
14th October, 1932
Rushden Urban District Council
The Finance Committee of the Rushden Urban Council are to consider the question of relief schemes with a view to relieving local unemployment, and will, should they approve any work of sufficient magnitude, recommend application to the Ministry of Health for sanction to a loan.
This decision was made at the meeting of the Council on Wednesday evening, and was the outcome of a resolution submitted by the Rushden Unemployed Association.
Several members of the Council expressed themselves in disagreement with the Economy Campaign and spoke of the urgent need for providing work.
The members present were Messrs. J. Roe, J.P. (in the chair), J. Spencer, J.P. (vice-chairman), W. C. Tarry, T. F. B. Newberry, C. Claridge, A. Allebone, C.C., F. Green, J. Allen, L. Tysoe, C. W. Horrell, C.A., T. Swindall, A. Wilmott, L. Perkins, M.B.E., B.Sc., G. W. Coles, J.P., J. Hornsby, J. T. Richardson, W. E. Capon, and D. G. Greenfield, M.D., with the Clerk, Mr. G. S. Mason, the Surveyor, Mr. J. W. Lloyd, and the Sanitary Inspector, Mr. F. S. F. Piper.
A letter was read from the Rushden and Higham Unemployed Association containing a resolution asking the Council, as officials governing the town, to take immediate steps to ease the unemployment problem by urging the Ministry of Health to remove their restrictions and to provide works of a constructive nature. Among the works mentioned were a bowling green, tennis courts, a bandstand, and a museum at the Hall.
The chairman: This resolution has been sent by the Unemployed Association. The question of providing a bowling green and bandstand was considered some months ago, but it was understood at the time that no loan would be granted for this purpose, and as no provision had been made in this year’s estimates it was deferred for twelve months. With regard to the tennis courts that matter has not even been considered. The question of the museum, as you know, is in hand, and we hope to open it shortly.
“At the present time this Council is spending £500 on the Wymington-road improvement, also making a new road on the Housing Estate at a cost of £2,700. The Water Board are laying a new main in Newton-road, which is costing a considerable sum and the Housing Committee have given instructions for plans to be prepared to be presented to the Ministry of Health for further houses, and when sanction is received the work will commence almost at once. So I think this Council is doing everything possible to absorb the unemployed of the town.
“At the present time the general labourers, bricklayers’ labourers, plasterers and carpenters’ labourers, out of work, total 25. Mr. Wilmott states that he will employ 15 of these on the work on the New Estate, and I am given to understand by the Surveyor that on the Wymington-road and new sewer extension works, which have been approved to-night, he will get all the labour he requires from the Employment Exchange.
“So it will be seen that we are doing all we can. With regard to the economy restrictions, I do not think much notice will be taken of a letter from this Council.
“Mr. Allebone said tonight he was going to press for the Wellingborough-road improvement, and that will mean a lot of general carting and may find employment for some out of work.
Mr. Perkins: I am going to press for the whole question to be referred to the Finance Committee. The bowling green and the bandstand can wait, but if anything is to be done in order to improve the town I think it will be well to anticipate that day and get some work done as soon as possible. One thing that always surprises me is that the town is joined to Sywell by only one pipe. If I did not expect the town to grow I would not suggest anything being done, but the time will come when it will be necessary to have a second pipe. That is one suggestion I should like the Committee to go into, and possibly recommend to the Water Board what should be done.
“A second and more immediate point concerns Spencer Park. The Fair has spoilt part of the ground, but it is not a bit worse that the rest of it. People can play equally well on it, and if we had a team of eleven Councillors against another team to play there they would see it is not a fit place to play on. I would rather see work done there than a bandstand erected, for which money will go away from the town.
“Then, if the Committee think of any larger scheme, I think we should petition the Ministry of Health for sanction to go on with it. This economy stunt is quite wrong. What we want is to get people to work and if all public authorities were determined to carry out schemes, which will have to be done, in order to get a move on now, it would give considerable employment.
“I shall move that the Finance Committee go carefully into all possible schemes tin order to try and get immediate employment in the town, and further consider if any larger schemes could be presented to the Ministry for sanction to a loan.”
Mr. Spencer: I shall second that, and can suggest one or two other works. There is the levelling of the site in Irchester-road, and work to be done in Hayway although I know we were refused a loan. I am pleased only so few of those in the building trade are out of employment, but it is the boot and shoe workers, who have been out of work one or two years we want to think about.
“When we undertook the work in Spencer Park some years ago we employed a lot of unemployed boot and shoe workers. I know some say it is cheaper to keep them out of work but there are capable men amongst them.
“Unemployment is a tragedy and it gets worse, and any time spent on this resolution will be time well spent.”
Mr. Hornsby: I have very great pleasure in supporting it. I have never approved of the economy stunt. There never was a time in the history of the country when judicious spending was more essential than it is to-day. People want to live, and unemployment, especially for young people, saps their vitality. I hope we will do something to bring schemes forward to assist the unemployed, and also hope the Finance Committee, if they think a bigger scheme advisable, will apply to the Ministry, for the money will be more wisely spent than in unemployment pay.
Mr. Allen: I should like to support the resolution. Two things come into my mind. One is the path along the Newton-road. The Court Estate people pay rates and I do not think they get a great deal in the shape of public services. The houses practically run from the Cemetery to the Court Estate turn, and there is no path. The road scrappings have been placed on the side and it is exceedingly dangerous on dark nights.
“Another point is that if we consider the future, it seems the town is likely to grow in that direction and other things may develop with respect to roads, which might necessitate us reversing our decision with regard to a water supply there in years to come. We might forestall that, for if the laying of water mains might be expensive now, it would be remunerative in years to come.”
Mr. Tysoe: I have never agreed with this economy, because work is the only thing that will put this country right. Nothing else produces wealth and the less we spend the poorer we shall get.
“The letter spells really nothing tennis courts, a bowling green, and bandstand you can call them luxuries. You have got to go on a bigger scale, and while we shall be pleased to do anything, it must be on a bigger scale than the letter suggests.”
The matter was referred to the Finance Committee.
The Housing Committee reported that they had considered at length the question of the inspection of the various Council houses, including the assisted houses, and now recommended to the Council that Mr. Allen from the Rates Office be appointed as such inspector. It was understood that Mr. Allen would give one day per week to the duties which would consist of inspecting the houses, investigating complaints and reporting to the Committee with regard to repairs and renovations. This would not involve any alteration in the salaries at present paid in the Rating Department but the Committee recommended that Mr. Lack be authorised to engage an office boy at a salary according to the Council’s scale.
Mr. Allen, chairman of the Housing Committee, said: “I should like the Council to allow me to move the reference back of this resolution to the Committee. Since the meeting was held information has been received which makes it almost impossible for this appointment to be made and I think it would be better for this resolution to be referred back to the Committee.”
This was seconded and carried.
The Surveyor was instructed to prepare plans for about 56 further houses of the smaller non-parlour type to be erected on the road at present being constructed by the Council, and to submit the same to the Ministry of Health for approval.
The sub-Committee appointed to interview a deputation from this Association with regard to the proposal by them of a plot of land on the Irchester-road Housing site, reported to the Housing Committee that they met the deputation on the site and subject to the confirmation of the Council, and the approval of the Ministry of Health, had agreed with them as follows:
(1) That the price of the land be reduced to ninepence per square yard plus half the cost of the road making.
(2) The land to be only used for buildings in connection with religious purposes.
(3) That if such buildings be not erected at the end of 10 years the Council to have the option of repurchasing the land at the same price.
The Committee recommended the Council accordingly, and this was agreed.
The Letting sub-Committee were requested to go into the question of arrears of rents and report to the next meeting of the Housing Committee.
On the recommendation of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee plans were approved as follows:-
Two houses in Park Avenue for Messrs. A. Sanders, Ltd.; three bungalows in Avenue-road, Court Estate, for Mrs. M. M. Drabble; new street off Wymington-road for Mrs. M. M. Drabble; garage adjoining his house on the Kimbolton-road for Mr. D. Chamberlain; garage in Portland-road for Mr. H. Scroxton; garage adjoining his house on the Hayway for Mr. C. Tattersall.
A further letter from Mr. Potton was received with regard to the flooding of his garden by storm water coming from the Council’s Building Estate. The Clerk advised the Council that so long as the nuisance arose as a result of works executed by the Council duly authorised by law they could not be held responsible for the consequences and the Clerk was instructed to communicate with Mr. Potton to this effect.
Mr. Claridge: I assume that the Council are immune on account of being a public body?
The Clerk: It is because we are carrying out a public work authorised by Act of Parliament.
Mr. Claridge: If individuals were building the houses would they be indemnified?
The Clerk: They would not be carrying out an Act of Parliament.
Mr. Claridge: If we are not legally responsible I think we are morally responsible and I think it is rather a pity not to come to some arrangement with Mr. Potton. If the suggestion made at a Committee meeting were carried out it might have been settled. As it is I think we are going to have some trouble. It would have been much better to settle the matter by compromising. I do not think Mr. Potton is going to let the matter rest.
Mr. Hornsby: I think that it is for the owners of the property the water course runs through to deal with it. Previously a large quantity percolated through, but now it runs off better.
Mr. Allebone, chairman of the Highways Committee: The matter was fully discussed in Committee and the resolution sets out the legal position, and is the unanimous resolution of the Committee.
The resolution was carried.
An application was received from the Brigade for permission to purchase six lengths of new hose at an estimated cost of £26 5s. The application was referred to the Lighting and Fire Brigade sub-Committee for consideration and report with permission to act if considered necessary, and following their report to the Finance Committee, the application was granted.
The attention of the Highways Committee was called to the state of Wellingborough-road on the west side near St. Peter’s Vicarage and the Masonic Hall, and the Clerk was instructed to write to the County Council calling their attention to the matter, and to suggest to the owners of property near the site to make representations on the subject.
Mr. Allebone said he and Mr. Horrell, as members of the Roads and Bridges Committee of the County Council had called the attention of the Committee to the bank in the Wellingborough-road. In view of the call for drastic economy, their efforts had not been fruitful yet, but he hoped that before the next meeting of the Council he would be able to report something more satisfactory in respect of that part of the road.
Mr. Spencer: I think it is a work long overdue, and there are special reasons for it being carried out in spite of the economies. I believe we bought the land for this improvement before the County Council took it over and I believe the balance of a loan obtained for the work was handed over to the County Council, and therefore the work should be done. I wish them success and hope it will be done speedily.
Mr. Claridge: I am quite sure we may leave it in the hands of Mr. Horrell and Mr. Allebone.
The appointment of a driver for the new motor lorry was considered, and it was reported that thirty applications had been received from which four had been selected to be interviewed.
Mr. Allebone said the lorry driver had been appointed and the lorry was in action.
Day Work Carting
In view of the purchase by the Council of a motor lorry it was resolved not to renew for the present the usual day work carting contract and the Surveyor was authorised to engage one horse for team labour as required.
Ald. Horrell said he would like to suggest that the whole question of carting should be considered by the Health and Sanitary Committee. Their system was out-of-date and something more economical might be devised.
The Chairman said the Committee had considered the question, which would come before the Finance Committee at their next meeting.
An application was received for permission to erect a reflector for a shop window in Duck-street and this was referred to the chairman of the Highways Committee and the Surveyor to give permission if they saw no objection.
The Health and Sanitary Committee reported that the report of the Medical Officer for the month of September was received, and that the Sanitary Inspector submitted his monthly report of the work of the Sanitary department.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that the Notices served on the owners of Nos. 210 to 214, and 206 and 208, Wellingborough-road, to abate the nuisances caused by a defective drain, had not been complied with, and the Health and Sanitary Committee recommended the Council to take proceedings against the owners if the work be not commenced within 14 days from the date of the Council meeting. Agreed.
The Surveyor was instructed to purchase six outer arms for the repair of the sprinklers and was also authorised to order four tons of lime, one stitching plough, one pair of rubber boots and two new scum boards for use at the farm.
Mr. Swindall said the cost would not be above £10.
Scavenging Team Labour
Tenders were received for the team labour required in connection with the scavenging for the ensuing six months and the Council accepted those of Messrs. C. Adams, G. C. Townsend, B. Folkes, A. Downing and C. Holley, at the respective prices quoted by them.
The quarterly report of the Veterinary Inspector was received from which it appeared that on the 20th and 22nd September last, he made his usual quarterly inspection of the dairy cows in milk in the urban district, visiting 17 premises and inspecting 157 cows, the whole of which were clinically normal and with few exceptions in good condition.
The Health and Sanitary Committee considered the report very satisfactory.
The Surveyor submitted a report on the sewers in Wymington-road and Station-road, from which it appeared that in times of abnormal rainfall these sewers were incapable of taking the extra flow. The Health and Sanitary Committee accordingly recommended to the Council that an overflow pipe be fixed to the sewer at the manhole at the bottom of Wymington-road, at an estimated cost of £20.
Mr. Richardson said things had been very bad during last week, and people had complained terribly.
The Sanitary Inspector said complaints had been received and the matter was put right. It was only a temporary inconvenience.
Mr. Perkins: Am I to understand that we are having the same pipe for this water and for sewage, because if so, I think it is about time to enlarge the storm-water pipes? Economy is all very well in its way but it is about time we had them.
The Chairman said that the resolution (which was carried), would obviate any flooding in future.
With regard to the Station-road sewer the Surveyor stated that this was of nine inch diameter and that the sewer from Midland-road which was of the same diameter connected with it at a point where the two streets met.
The Committee, in this case, recommended to the Council that the Midland-road sewer be disconnected from the Station-road manhole, and then continued to the main out fall sewer near the Ambulance Station, at an estimated cost of £100. This was also approved.
Mr. Tysoe said: I would like to thank the Press for the way in which they reported my complaint at the last meeting. It has been very effective, as only one can at the cemetery was out of place last week when I went there. I do not know who the culprit is, but I should like to appeal to him or her to put the can in the rack. The others seem to have taken it in good part.
The Rates Clerk submitted the following memorandum of General Rate made the 18th day of April, 1932:-
The Rates Clerk also submitted the following summary of the irrecoverable amounts:-
The Council agreed that these amounts be written off.
The seal of the Council was affixed to a general rate of 5s. 6d. in the £ for the half-year ending March 31st, 1933.
The Clerk said the total amount to be collected was £17,001 1s.
Rate Arrears Account
The Rates Clerk also submitted the rate arrears account for the half year ended 31st March last, from which it appeared that with the exception of a sum of £4/4 (excused) the whole of the arrears at that date had been paid.
The account was approved.
The Clerk reported that as instructed at the last meeting he had arranged for the whole of the Council’s insurances to be taken over by the Municipal and Mutual Insurance Ltd., as from the 29th September. A list of the various insurances together with the old and new premium was submitted from which it appeared that there was a net annual saving of £47 2s. 9d.
The Finance Committee and the Council approved and confirmed the action of the Clerk.
Housing Loan, £2,800
Tenders were received for this loan and it was resolved to accept that of Messrs. F. G. Grocott and Son, of Buxton (the most favourable) at 4 per cent.
A letter was received from the Local Authorities Non-Trading Services (Manual Workers) Provincial Council No. 5 East Midland area, stating that they had agreed to a reduction of ½d per hour in the workmen’s wages in their area to operate from the 1st October, 1932, but that no further reduction was to take place prior to the 31st December, 1933.
The Finance Committee recommended to the Council that the Surveyor be instructed to act in accordance with the agreement arrived at by the Provincial Council.
Sewage Works and Sewers
The Clerk submitted notice of amendment of Valuation List by the County Valuation Officer, of the above, the new rateable value being placed at £404, and was arrived at as follows:-
Five pounds per thousand of the population on the sewers and sixpence per head of the population on the works. It was understood that this was in conformity with the rest of the County.
It was resolved to pay to the caretaker of the Library the sum of one shilling per meeting in connection with the extra work involved by reason of the letting of a room to the local Public Assistance Committee.
Mr. Green, chairman of the Finance Committee, said the Public Assistance Committee paid a small sum for the use of the room, and it was only fair that the caretaker should have a share of it.
The question of the rates of interest on the various Council loans was considered and adjourned until February next.